De'aundre Carr will try to help Davis win the school's fifth state championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Stillwater, but his heart will be in Norman.
Carr's mother, Schemaca, is hospitalized in Norman with multiple sclerosis, a disease the 39-year-old Davis resident was first diagnosed with a decade ago.
During Davis' playoff run to the Class 2A state championship game, where it will face Oklahoma Christian School, Schemaca's health took a turn for the worse.
Carr feared his mother might die. At times, she couldn't remember his name or turn over in her hospital bed to look at him.
“There were times, when she first went to the hospital, I didn't think she was going to make it,” he said. “But we went to see her (Wednesday) and she is doing better. She is trying to get the feeling back in her legs and trying to talk better.”
Carr said doctors think his mother will be hospitalized for a couple more months as she tries to regain her ability to walk.
While dealing with his mother's health crisis, Carr has been one of Davis' best players.
“He has played really well in the playoffs,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “He had almost 200 yards rushing against Adair, and we really needed it because we weren't stopping them.”
Davis defeated Adair 34-33 in the Class 2A quarterfinals, and Carr rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
Against Millwood, Carr had two of the Wolves' four interceptions in the game as Davis defeated the Falcons, 42-28, in the opening round.
Carr is a halfback in the Wolves' wishbone attack and leads the team in rushing with more than 1,100 yards on the season, even though he missed three games due to injury.
“He is our big-play threat,” Weber said. “He is a tremendous open-field runner and he has been a good receiver for us, too.”
Weber said no one could tell that Carr is dealing with such serious family issues by his performance on the field.
“He has been business as usual,” Weber said. “I think football has been a good distraction for him.”
Carr said playing football has helped him cope with the stress.
“It keeps your mind off of it,” he said. “It's good to get that out of my brain for a couple of hours. When we hit the field, we are all about business and winning football games.”
Carr is trying to become the third member of the family to get a state championship ring. His father, Aundre, played on Davis' 1990 state title squad. His uncle, J.J. James, played on the 1995 state championship team at Davis.
But the person in his family who wants the Wolves to win the 2012 title more than anybody is his mom.
“She is just a big fan of Davis football like everybody else is in this community,” Carr said. Schemaca has listened to Davis' playoff games on the radio since being hospitalized.
“My grandma tells me that every time she hears my name on the radio, she is always crying and saying that she wishes she could be there,” Carr said.
On Saturday night, Schemaca will be watching the state championship game on television from her hospital room.
“I just hope she ain't hooked up to no IVs, because if we win, she will probably jump out of the bed with joy,” Carr said.